The Gray Champion

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  • Title and Short In-Depth
  • The Gray Champion by Nathaniel Hawthorne Storyboard by Ally Mercado
  • Exposition
  • Troops! Assemble!
  • Prince William of Orange will save us soon enough!
  • Rising Action
  • "My children, do nothing rashly. Cry not aloud, but pray for the welfare of New England, and expectantly what the Lord will do in this matter!" (5)
  • Who is the "Gray Champion"? He comes when domestic tyranny oppresses us, for it is "the spirit of courage without liberty wane or perish" (10) , and "the entwining of both the Spirit of Liberty and the Spirit of Courage".(10)
  • Climax
  • "What does this old fellow here? On, Sir Edmund! Bid the soldiers forward, and give the dotard the same choice that you gave all his countrymen- to stand aside or be trampled!" (8)
  • The entire administration of Sir Edmund Andros, Governor of the Dominion of New England, is a complete tyranny. As the rumor that Prince William of Orange had ventured on an enterprise, the success of which would be the triumph of civil and religious rights and the salvation of New England, smoldering agitation, ready to break loose in violent revolution arose from the people. This led to Governor Andros to order troops onto Massachusetts soil in order to scare the people into behaving.
  • Falling Action
  • "I have staid the march of a King himself, ere now. I am here, Sir Governor, because the cry of an oppressed people hath disturbed me in my secret place; and beseeching this favor earnestly of the Lord, it vouchsafed me to appear once again on earth, in the good old cause of his Saints." (8-9)
  • Let's stand up for ourselves!
  • Sir Edmund Andros intended to strike terror by a parade of military force and arresting Governor Bradstreet. Bradstreet was very brave, calm and accepting of his fate in order to keep the people under control.
  • Solution and Conclusion
  • Give back! Let us "commence a slow and guarded retreat". (9)
  • Finally, out from the crowd came an elderly man, wearing the old Puritan dress, sword on his thigh, staff in hand, and long white beard, walking along the center of the street to confront the approaching army. He would not retreat a step when threatened that the army would run over him.
  • Sir Edmund was about to give the order to trample the old man until the "Gray Champion" addressed him with a voice that possessed the characteristic of compelling authority. His voice stirred the crowd.
  • In the end, Governor edmund Andros said to give back in a slow and guarded retreat. No trace of the man was ever found and was said to have had faded from their eyes, melting slowly into the hues of twilight. The next day, Governor Edmund Andros and all who rode with him were imprisoned and Prince William of Orange became King.
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